Malik Monk scored 30 of his 33 points in the second half, Bam Adebayo added 18 points with 15 rebounds and No. 11 Kentucky rallied past No. 13 Florida for a 76-66 victory Saturday to take over the Southeastern Conference lead.
While another week remains in SEC play for both teams, the Wildcats (24-5, 14-2) took an important step by twice rallying from eight points down to win the pivotal matchup. And they can thank Monk for making it happen as he scored 14 points during an 18-10 run that tied the game at 55 with 9:54 remaining.
Adebayo scored six straight points before Monk added seven more in between lobbing a pass to Adebayo for a 70-60 lead with 4:04 left.
Monk sandwiched two free throws around layups by Isaiah Briscoe and Adebayo, points that proved critical in thwarting rally attempts by the Gators (23-6, 13-3).
KeVaughn Allen had 24 points and Justin Leon added 13 for Florida, which had won nine straight.
McCracken County held off Paducah Tilghman 64-61 Friday night to win the 2nd District boys basketball title.
Tyce Daniel scored 21 points for the Mustangs, while Tilghman's Michael Laster scored 17 in the losing effort.
Both team advance to the First Region tournament next week at Murray State University.
Here are scores from Friday night's district tournament games.
2nd District Championship
McCracken County 64, Paducah Tilghman 61
5th District Championship
Lyon County 61, Livingston Central 59
The St. Louis Cardinals have signed Cuban outfielder Jose Adolis Garcia to a minor league contract and invited him to their big league spring training camp.
Garcia, the younger brother of Atlanta Braves third baseman Adonis Garcia, was the MVP of Cuba's top professional league last year and was declared a free agent by Major League Baseball in December.
Adolis Garcia, who turns 24 next week, led Tigres de Ciego de Avila to consecutive Serie Nacional championships in 2015 and 2016. A right-handed hitter, he batted .315 with a .395 on-base percentage and .517 slugging percentage during his MVP campaign in Cuba. He also played briefly for the Yomiuri Giants in Japan last season.
St. Louis announced the move Friday night, saying general manager John Mozeliak would be available to discuss it with reporters Saturday morning at the club's spring training complex.
Filip Forsberg scored his second straight hat trick, and the Nashville Predators beat the Colorado Avalanche 4-2 Thursday night to sweep the season series between the Central Division teams.
Forsberg, who now has a team-high 22 goals, has five goals combined in his last two second periods. Forsberg, who scored three times in the second period of Tuesday night's overtime loss to Calgary, got the hat trick with an empty-net goal with 36.5 seconds left.
Viktor Arvidsson also scored a goal, and Roman Josi and Ryan Johansen each added two assists as Nashville won its fifth and final game against Colorado this season.
Goalie Pekka Rinne made 20 saves for the win after being pulled Tuesday night.
Jarome Iginla had a goal and an assist for the Avalanche, who have lost three straight. Peter Wiercioch also had a goal.
Denzel Mahoney scored 14 points to lead six Southeast Missouri State players in double figures and the Redhawks beat Murray State 82-69 on Thursday night.
Despite being two-games below the .500 mark overall, the Redhawks (14-16, 9-6) are currently tied with UT-Martin for first place in the Ohio Valley West Division standings with one game remaining.
Antonius Cleveland, Jamaal Calvin, and Tahj Eaddy each finished with 13 points for SE Missouri State, while Jaylen Benton added 12 and Trey Kellum chipped in 10. The Redhawks shot 56.4 percent overall and hit 12 3-pointers.
Bryce Jones led all scorers with 18 for Murray State (14-15, 8-7). Jonathan Stark and Terrell Miller Jr. each added 17.
SE Missouri State took a double-digit lead on a Cleveland jumper with 14:40 remaining. The Racers stayed within striking distance for much of the half, but a Mahoney 3 with 4:47 remaining made it 74-59, effectively ending any comeback hopes.